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Circ & Variete Globus at Bucharest Days


Circ & Variete Globus brings back on stage the show “D’ale Bibicilor lui Caragiale,” Mediafax informs. The performances will be held on September 19 and 20 at the HQ from Soseaua Stefan cel Mare, starting at 15.00 h. The circus and variete shows take place as part of the events dedicated to Bucharest Days, which debuted in Bucharest on September 12 and will close on September 20. Other events to be presented to the locals this week are the concert of the artists Angela Gheorghiu and Vlad Mirita, the White Night of the Museums, and various exhibitions. The first reference to the city of Bucharest was made on September 20, 1459, in a document through which Prince Vlad Tepes confirmed a donation made to some small feudal lords.


Salman Rushdie comes to Gaudeamus


‘Satanic Verses’ author Salman Rushdie will make his first trip to Romania at the end of November, most probably during the Gaudeamus Book Fair, ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ daily informs. The writer may spend three days in Bucharest in the November 23-26 period, the book fair being scheduled to take place in the November 25-29 period. Rushdie is still expected to send the final confirmation of his visit these next few days. His visit will happen as a result of an invitation made a long time ago by a good friend of his, Monica Barladeanu, and renewed by the Polirom, the publisher of his volumes in Romania.


Barack Obama reprimands Kanye West


US President Barack Obama called American rapper Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for muscling in Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. The president made the remark during an off-the-record segment of an interview with CNBC, TMZ reports. ‘’His gesture was entirely inappropriate. He is a jackass’’ Barack Obama during an off the record talk with an NBC reporter. Rapper Kanye West intrigued the entire VMA audience in New York when interrupting the speech of Taylor Swift who had just received the best female video gong. West grabbed her microphone and declared that Beyoncé, not Swift, should have won the best female video award. The rapper offered his apologies after the incident: ‘I am sorry, I apologise to Taylor Swift, to her fans and to her mother. I was wrong to get up on stage and ruin her moment’ – reads a post on West’s blog.


Days of Irish Film in Bucharest


The Days of Irish Film started yesterday with Kings, directed by Tom Collins, Agerpres informs. The festival is taking place at the Romanian Cultural Institute in the September 16-18 period, being organized in partnership by ICR, the Irish Embassy in Bucharest and the Irish Film Institute. Irish Ambassador John Morahan, Michael O Meallaigh – Programmes Director at TG4 TV Ireland, Irina Margareta Nistor – film critic and Tania Radu – ICR Vice-President took the floor in the opening of the event. The film that will be running today is ‘Cre Na Cille’ (2007), directed by Robert Quinn. It is about two sisters’ rivalry, both being in love with the same man. The film won the prize for the best production in the Irish language at the 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards. A documentary film has been scheduled for Friday – ‘Cinegael Paradiso’ (2004), directed by the same Robert Quinn. The film was awarded at the Cynenygma International Film Festival in Luxembourg in 2004, at the Galaway Film Fleadh in 2004, received the Celtic Film and Television Award in 2005 and the Spirit of the Festival Award.

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SPORTS

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League 1, 7th leg matches this weekend


To be played on Friday:


International Curtea de Arges – Politehnica Iasi

Astra Ploiesti – Unirea Alba Iulia


To be played on Saturday:


Otelul Galati – Gaz Metan

Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt – Gloria Bistrita


Table tennis: men’s team wins Bronze, women’s team finishes 7th


While the Romanian men’s table tennis team won the Bronze Medal in the European Table Tennis Championship in Stuttgart by qualifying for the quarterfinals, the Romanian women’s team finished 7th after defeating France, score 3-1. Daniel Dodean defeated Audrey Mattenet, score 3-1, and Carole Grundisch, score 3-2, while Elizabeta Samara defeated Carole Grundisch, score 3-1. Andrda Vincze lost to Laura Gasnier, score 2-3.


Tennis: Davis Cup and BCR Open Romania live on TVR


The Romanian Television will broadcast live, from September 18 to September 27, the most important tennis tournaments of that period: the Davis Cup and the BCR Open Romania 2009 tournament, a TVR communiqué informs. From September 18 to September 20, TVR 1 will broadcast live the games that Romania will play against Sweden in Helsingborg as part of the playoffs for the Davis Cup World Group 2010.


The Romanian team will consist of tennis players Victor Hanescu, Victor Crivoi, Horia Tecau and skipper Andrei Pavel.


The day after the Davis Cup live broadcasts are over, the Romanian Television will broadcast exclusively (on TVR 1, TVR 2 and TVR 3) from the BNR Arenas the BCR Open Romania 2009 Tennis Tournament that will take place from September 21 to September 27.

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‘Top Gear’ shoots in Romania


A Lamborghini, a Ferrari and an Aston Martin will race in the yard, garage and tunnels of the Palace of the Parliament for an episode of the well-known Top Gear TV show. According to Mediafax, the Chamber of Deputies approved BBC’s request to be allowed to shoot in the building. Top Gear producers have chosen Romania to film the last episode of series of 14 for world-wide promotion. Takes will be also filmed on location in the Romanian Black Sea Coast, in the Danube Delta, in the Plateau of Dobrogea and in the Transfagarasan road crossing over the Southern range of the Carpathians from Walachia into Transylvania. Top Gear is watched live by over seven million viewers in the UK and by over 300 M worldwide every week.


Man arrested after he beat two women and aggressed police officer


A man was taken in custody by the officers of Section 3 after he hit yesterday morning a motorcyclist of the Bucharest Road Police Brigade. According to the spokesman of Bucharest Police, Christian Ciocan, the incident occurred close to the Radio House, by 11.00 h., when a police officer on a motorbike tried to stop the man who was beating two women. In that moment, the aggressor turned against the officer. Finally, the man was immobilized and taken to Section 3 Police, where he will be investigated for aggression.


Heineken Romania renounces the production of malt and lays off 60 employees


The company Heineken Romania announced yesterday, in a press release, that it renounces the production of malt as of October 19, fact which entails the laying off of 61 employees. The company will acquire the respective product from suppliers, the decision targeting the growth of the efficiency and the optimization of the costs. Heineken produces malt in the factories at Hateg, Craiova and Miercurea-Ciuc. According to Heineken the malt is produced with very big costs, resulted from the high consumption of energy and water. Moreover, taking into account the existing standards, the capacity of the three sections of malt is relatively low.

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Worker killed in labour accident at District 1 City Hall


A worker aged 54, hit by a beam which crashed on him while he was working on the third floor of the building of District 1 City Hall from Banu Manta died yesterday morning, after a second heart arrest, declared Dr. Bogdan Oprita, chief of SMURD Bucharest. “The worker had very severe skull and thorax lesions. The necropsy will establish exactly the causes of the death,” Oprita said. Initially, SMURD Bucharest chief had said that the condition of the man was very severe, the prognostic being reserved.


The worker had been hurt by a beam which fell on him, Christian Ciocan, spokesman of Bucharest Police, declared.


Romanian killed by five young Spanish


A 33-year-old Romanian was killed by five Spanish young men near Madrid last week reportedly over his Romanian origin, according to ‘El Mundo’ quoted by Mediafax. Giovanni Musat had been living in Cabrera (Spain) for two years. The victim and a friend of his were sitting on a bench in a park when five young men aged 19 to 25 approached them. They insulted the victim over his Romanian origin and threatened to set him on fire. Initially, the aggressors walked away, but soon returned bringing along several plastic bottles full of petrol. They did not set the victim on fire after all, but instead hit him with the fists until he collapsed on the ground. Three of the perpetrators then started hitting him with their feet on the head, trying to crush his skull. The Romanian died instantly.


Elena Basescu pleads in EP for free circulation of Moldovans


Romanian MEP Elena Basescu, daughter of President Traian Basescu, emphasized on Wednesday, in the plenum of the European Parliament, the need for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova to enjoy the same facilities connected with the free circulation in the space of the European Union as the persons from the West Balkans.


“I support the decision of the European Commission through which is materialized the commitment manifested for years to eliminate the visas for the persons from the region of the West Balkans. But, I consider that the citizens of the Republic of Moldova should enjoy at the soonest the same rights regarding the free circulation in the European Union,” Basescu declared during the debates regarding the new regulation connected with the visas for the countries from the West Balkans (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia). She said that, besides the elimination of the visas for the citizens of the states from the West Balkans, the European institutions “must consider cultural and educational programmes that would make known the European values in those countries.” At the end of her intervention in the plenum, Elena Basescu recalled that Romania has not recognized the independence of Kosovo.

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Coface to maintain Romania’s “B” rating until the end of 2010


The rating agency Coface believes in the revival of the economic situation from Romania and states that because of the vulnerability of the companies and of the payment incidents the country received the “B” rating, but actually it deserves “A4.” Coface will probably maintain the country rating for Romania in “B” category until the last quarter of the next year or the first quarter 2011, when the situation of the Romanian companies could improve, Coface general manager for Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia, Cristian Ionescu, declared yesterday in a press conference, quoted by Mediafax. Romania will recover from the crisis at the end of the next year, one year later that the USA and the other developed stated from Europe, because the effects of the crisis appeared at a difference of one year, according to Coface Romania estimates. On another line, Coface Romania registered in the first eight months a turnover of around RON 20 M, up 53.7 per cent against the same period of the past year, while the net profit dropped 86 per cent, to RON 250,000, on the background of the damages paid in the insurance segment. The company received in the first eight months requests to recover receivables of EUR 116 M from clients, among which also banks, up 127 per cent vs. the same period of the past year, while the average success rate of the recovered sums was 29 per cent.


Transelectrica: Energy producers seek place on international market


According to the recent statements of Economy Minister Adriean Videanu, the Romanian energy producers are extremely interested in setting up a regional energy market, a project that will be accomplished at first on the basis of an agreement with Hungary and Austria, with the negotiations then set to continue with Greece and Bulgaria, Mediafax informs. The merging of the energy markets of Romania, Hungary and Austria will allow the local producers to channel their exports to Germany and to take advantage of the energy demand of several European states, Adrian Baicusi, the general director of Transelectrica (TEL), stated. Transelectrica, whose activity is to operate the national electricity grid, plans to connect the latter with the similar grids of the Republic of Moldova, Serbia and Turkey, with the move set to enhance the consumer’s security of supply. On the other hand the Romanian state is preparing to merge the main energy production assets in Romania, assets that include Hidroelectrica, the Craiova Energy Center and the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant, within two giant companies that would be privately managed.

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